When I was 15, I mentioned to my mother – on a whim – of how I dreamed of writing a book one day. She told me – crushingly – that I couldn’t do it, but that my friend Jen had real talent when it came to writing.
I gave up writing that day*. After all, if I didn’t have the talent, why bother? Words have power:
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. (Proverbs 18:21)
We can’t control what other people say to us. Ever. People will give us sweet words of encouragement and love & others will give us words that are meant to crush and kill.
But what will do with those words? How can we protect our hearts?
I think the key is here:
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. (Eph. 6:16)
1 – Realize where the words are coming from: satan. We can sometimes get distracted with the person that’s saying them but even Jesus rebuked Peter when the words he spoke did not match with the truth of God. (Mt. 16:23) If the words are a lie, then the source behind those words is an enemy who wants to steal from us, kill us & destroy us. Don’t let him. Choose to believe what God says.
2 – Don’t accept them. Weigh them against the word of God – does God (in His Word) say those words are true? If not, choose to believe what God says.
3 – Fill yourself with the truth. The more we know and hear and receive the Word of God, the easier it becomes to reject those words that do not speak truth. God’s word cleanses us and restores us to truth.
You are loved by God. You are never alone. Those are true words. We can sometimes feel alone and unloved, but that doesn’t mean it’s true. May you be surrounded with the love of God today.
*My mom was wrong apparently. Just finished the revisions for my 6th novel. And I’m very thankful that God decided to use even a broken vessel like me to point to Him.
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